Grafting Workshop with Jack Johnston

February 21, 2020

Old apple trees are still found around mountain homesites, and many of them are rare and exceptional in quality. This is your opportunity to save and renew one of your favorite old trees by grafting it to new rootstock. All that is needed is to bring a twig. It will be grafted to modern semi-dwarf apple rootstock that is disease resistant. A successful graft will produce fruit in two to three years! Cost of class is $25, which includes one rootstock. Additional rootstock, $5. 1PM, Cowee Arts and Heritage Center.

Gardening Workshop with Jack Johnston

March 14, 2020

Witness and learn from an inspiring young garden developing at plant whisperer Jack Johnston's place at Lakemont, Georgia. Spread over two terraces nestled in a little hollow is a space now used for growing magnolias, camellias, Georgia plume, and mountain camellias. As an experiment named varieties of pawpaw are being tested. A trial of kaki persimmons shows promise. On a drier spot new plantings of Alabama croton and hairy mock orange are in place. A trial of vernal witchhazel is ongoing. The majority of plants have been in the ground 2 years or more. About 15% are of blooming size but the emphasis of the workshop will be examining the process of creating such a garden and evaluating the plantings as they grow. A special potted plant from Jack will be gifted to participants! Cost $20. Time: 9 until noon.

The Artist's Way with James Nave

March 21, 2020

This is a special treat for those of you committed to living a creative life and who want to discover new ways to expand your creative powers. Instructor and facilitator James Nave has worked with The Artist's Way author Julia Cameron for over twenty years, and is co-owner of Twice Five Miles Media and Publishing. He holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is the director of the Taos Storytelling Festival. You can read more about him at 

9-5 at Cowee Arts and Heritage Center. $79

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